The mission of the University of Florida Engineering Innovation Institute is to foster a culture of innovation among Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering faculty, students, and staff. The Institute serves as a nexus of engineering innovation education and experiential programs extending across the spectrum of creative discovery and invention to the transition of UF engineering technologies and innovative students to the marketplace. The Institute produces leaders with engineering and innovation skills to attack the world’s most daunting problems and change the world.
The Institute’s primary program elements are Creativity and Entrepreneurship, built on the foundation of the College’s research programs.
- The Creativity element, delivered through the Engineering Innovation class, develops innovative thinking in our constituents, providing invaluable skill sets when combined with the analytical and problem-solving skills inherent in our engineering education and research programs.
- The Entrepreneurship element, delivered through the Engineering Entrepreneurship class, focuses on dovetailing technology with entrepreneurial education programs and is designed to bring commercialization focus and direction directly to the breadth and depth of the College’s research programs, ingraining entrepreneurial thought processes in engineering students and faculty.
The Institute is focused on high-value outcomes and is designing programs to assure students, faculty, staff, the university, and external stakeholders are impacted in a real and deep manner.